How to Tell If Your Windshield Needs Repair

As a driver, your windshield plays an important role in keeping you safe on the road. It is designed to protect the vehicle occupants from debris that may fly up during a collision and to provide support in the event of a rollover. It also minimizes wind noise and vibration for a quieter cabin experience. Regular inspections and prompt repair of any damage help to ensure that your windshield is in tip-top shape.

A cracked or chipped windshield can impair your vision while driving and should be repaired immediately. However, it’s not always easy to tell whether or not a crack or chip is repairable.

The size and location of the damage are key factors. A crack that reaches the outer edge of the windshield typically needs to be replaced, as does any damage in the driver’s line of sight. Additionally, if the damage interferes with your car’s automated driving systems or other technology, it will likely need to be replaced rather than repaired.

Using proper techniques and high-quality materials, professional windshield repair specialists can repair chips and cracks in your windshield. The most common method involves injecting a resin into the damaged area. The heat applied to the resin causes it to expand slightly, filling in the crack or chip and strengthening it. In most cases, it is not possible to repair damage that has penetrated both the outer and inner glass layers.

Windshields are made up of two different glass layers and a plastic interlayer. If a crack or chip damages all three layers of the windshield, it is not repairable and requires replacement.

The earliest windshield repair processes were invented by the auto glass industry in the late 1970s. Novus, founded by Bob Keinath, pioneered the process and worked to promote its benefits to insurance companies and fleet operators.

As the industry evolved, many companies began offering windshield repair services. A few of these began by first selling equipment, then moving to full-fledged repairs. Tony and Gerry Jacino started Clear Star in New York, Hap Alexander formed Glas-Weld Systems in Oregon, and John Surdich began Kemxert in Pennsylvania.

In addition to repairing windshields, many companies offer mobile service, making it easy for them to come to you at home or work. This allows you to get your broken windshield repaired without taking time off from work or risking the safety of your car.

When choosing a windshield repair company, be sure to check for certifications. A company that is certified by the National Windshield Repair Association and adheres to AGRSS guidelines will be able to repair or replace your windshield safely and effectively. A company that is not certified may use low-quality glass and/or techniques that will not meet original equipment standards and could compromise your safety and the safety of others on the road.

Speers Auto Glass
281 Speers Rd, Oakville, ON L6K 2G1, Canada
(905) 339-0339